By Debbie Lord, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
As the holiest week in the Christian calendar begins, here are some quotes about the death of Jesus Christ, the Resurrection and the glory of Easter.
"The great gift of Easter is hope - Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake." - Basil Hume
"Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime." – Martin Luther King Jr.
"A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act." - Mahatma Gandhi
"Christ the Lord is risen today, sons of men and angels say. Raise your joys and triumphs high; sing, ye heavens and earth reply." – Charles Wesley
"Here is the amazing thing about Easter; the Resurrection Sunday for Christians is this, that Christ in the dying moments on the cross gives us the greatest illustration of forgiveness possible." – T. D. Jakes
"If Easter says anything to us today, it says this: You can put truth in a grave but it won't stay there." – Clarence W. Hall
"The symbolic language of the crucifixion is the death of the old paradigm; resurrection is a leap into a whole new way of thinking." – Deepak Chopra
"There would be no Christmas if there was no Easter." – Gordon B. Hinckley
"The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies." – Kate McGahan
"Easter may seem boring to children, and it is blessedly unencumbered by the silly fun that plagues Christmas. Yet it contains the one thing needful for every human life: the good news of Resurrection." – Frederica Mathewes-Green
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: A white Easter lilly sits in Rockefeller Center before the upcoming Easter holiday on March 28, 2013 in New York City. Workers planted thousands of lilies near the foot of a 12-foot tall Easter bunny topiary made of moss and ivy. Easter will be celebrated March, 31. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)